BirthdayAugust 13, 1926
BirthplaceBiran, Cuba

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Fidel Castro

    Full name: Fidel Castro
    Also known as: Fidel Castro, Castro, Fidel
    Education: University of Havana
    Professions: President of Cuba
    Religion: None
    Work: President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba

  2. Fidel Castro Measurements

    Height: 6' 3" (1.91 m)

  3. Fidel Castro Known for

    Comandante (2003), Fidel (2001), Surplus: Terrorized Into Being Consumers (2003), Kordavision (2005)

  4. Fidel Castro Biography

    Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (American Spanish: [fiˈðel aleˈxandɾo ˈkastɾo ˈrus]; born August 13, 1926), commonly known as Fidel Castro, is a Cuban communist politician and revolutionary who served as Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and President from 1976 to 2008. He also served as the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces from 1959 to 2008, and as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011. Politically a Marxist-Leninist, under his administration the Republic of Cuba became a one-party socialist state; industry and businesses were nationalized, and socialist reforms implemented in all areas of society. Internationally, Castro was the Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1979 to 1983 and from 2006 to 2008.The illegitimate son of a wealthy farmer, Castro adopted leftist anti-imperialist politics while studying law at the University of Havana. After participating in rebellions against right-wing governments in the Dominican Republic and Colombia, he planned the overthrow of the military junta and Cuban President Fulgencio Batista; he served a year's imprisonment after a failed attack on the Moncada Barracks in 1953. On release he traveled to Mexico, where he formed a revolutionary group with Raúl Castro and Che Guevara, referred to as the 26th of July Movement. Returning to Cuba, Castro took a leading role in the Cuban Revolution which ousted Batista in 1959, and brought his own assumption of military and political power. Alarmed by his assumption of power and friendly relations with the Soviet Union, the U.S. governments under the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations unsuccessfully attempted to remove him, by economic blockade, assassination and counter-revolution, including the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961. Countering these threats, Castro formed an economic and military alliance with the Soviet Union and allowed them to place nuclear weapons on the island, sparking the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.In 1961 Castro proclaimed the socialist nature of his administration, with Cuba becoming a one-party state under Communist Party rule; the first of its kind in the Western hemisphere. Adopting a Marxist-Leninist model of development, socialist reforms introducing central economic planning and expanding healthcare and education were accompanied by state control of the press and the suppression of internal dissent. Abroad, Castro supported foreign revolutionary groups in the hope of toppling world capitalism, backing the establishment of Marxist governments in Chile, Nicaragua, and Grenada, and also sending Cuban troops to aid leftist allies in the Yom Kippur War, Ogaden War, and Angolan Civil War. These actions, coupled with Castro's leadership of the Non-Aligned Movement, led to Cuba gaining a greater profile on the world stage. Following the Soviet Union's dissolution in 1991, Castro led Cuba into its economic "Special Period", before forging alliances in the Latin America

  5. Fidel Castro Family

    Spouse: Dalia Soto del Valle
    Childrens: Alejandro Castro-Soto, Angel Castro-Soto, Alex Castro-Soto, Alexis Castro-Soto, Antonio Castro-Soto, Fidel Ángel Castro Diaz-Balart, Jorge Angel Castro Laborde, Francisca Pupo

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